Here are five facts to know about The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), one of the greatest operas ever written. 230 years after its premiere, we are still … Continue readingFive Facts to know about Mozart and Da Ponte’s The Marriage of Figaro
I don’t know if it can get any better than this. Transport yourself as you listen to Gerald Finley’s rich baritone sound caress one of Mozart’s most beautiful pieces from … Continue readingStart your day off right…
They were all the rage in the early 19th century, a time when bel canto dominated the operatic stage. The vast majority of mad scenes were written for the … Continue readingMad Scenes
Here are the ten most popular operas by number of performances according to Operabase, perhaps the world’s greatest organizer of data relating to the world of opera. The figures apply … Continue readingTop 10 Most Popular Operas in the World
You may have heard the term recitative when you hear people talk about opera, but what exactly is recitative? This is my definition of recitative – any semi-spoken, semi-sung non-repetitive … Continue readingWhat is recitative?
I was reading the libretto to Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Mozart when I saw the following lines, sung by Monostatos: Alles fühlt der Lieve Freuden, (All may feel … Continue readingCan / should opera be politically correct?
Opera music can be a bit much to chew early in the morning, but here are a few pieces that I find go well with my morning coffee. Although not … Continue readingA few arias to go along with your coffee
Here are a few full-length operas on YouTube with English subtitles: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), Mozart Tristan und Isolde, Wagner Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti Carmen, Bizet … Continue readingFull-length operas on YouTube!
A few of the “greatest hits” from the operatic repertory: Overture to Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). While none of the music in the overture returns … Continue readingOpera’s Greatest Hits
I’m with Wagner when he talks about how opera is (or should be) a gesamtkunstwerk – one of those terms that tends to pop up on college music history quizzes. … Continue readingOrchestral Commentary – an operatic layer
Many people (shall we say most?) find opera somewhat inaccessible. I get that – it’s old, boring, and sung in foreign languages. It’s also not easy to break free from the … Continue readingWhere to begin…